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Monday, June 19, 2017

A Tale of an Arab Village, ER Visit, and Israeli Kindness

Sea Cliffs Jisr az-Zarqa Israel
I may look like I'm posing, but I'm really trying to get into the fetal position and not faint.
It was only our second day in Israel.  We had such big plans, so much food to eat, so many pictures to take, so much ground to cover.  But then it was all thrown off when I got really sick, fainted, and spent part of the night in the emergency room.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

What to Do With One Day in Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv Beach Things to Do One Day in Tel Aviv

When we anticipated traveling to Israel, we imagined expansive deserts, ancient buildings and ruins, and cultures with histories going back millenniums.  But Tel Aviv is a little different.  Tel Aviv is as modern a city as it gets.  There’s still some old stuff, but a day in Tel Aviv is a day of exploring not only some of Israel’s ancient history, but also the new, vibrant, modern side of Israel.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Fun-Filled Scottish Highlands Road Trip Itinerary

Cairngorms National Park Scottish Highlands Road Trip Itinerary

The main reason we went to Scotland was to take a barge cruise through the Scottish Highlands with Caledonian Discovery.  During that cruise, we would be hiking, biking, and boating slowly through the Highlands.  Therefore, we knew we would see plenty of Scottish Highlands’ nature during that time.  However, there are other things to see in the Scottish Highlands like castles, cathedrals, and distilleries that we wouldn’t see on our cruise, so we also decided to spend four days on a Scottish Highlands road trip.  Our Scotland road trip itinerary took us from Edinburgh to Inverness with overnights in Stirling, Braemar, and Urquhart.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Self-Guided Photography Tour of Mammoth Lakes

Twin Falls Overlook 1 Self-Guided Photography Tour of Mammoth Lakes

There are a lot of things to do in Mammoth Lakes in the summer like hiking, biking, visiting old mining ghost towns, and more.  One other thing to do in Mammoth Lakes is to simply explore the scenery.  Mammoth Lakes is an incredibly photogenic destination, especially in the summer when the air is warm, the lakes are liquid, and the leaves are green or just starting to turn autumn colors.  When we weren’t enjoying outdoor activities, we were looking for the best photography spots in and around Mammoth Lakes.  Here are some stops to add to your self-guided photography tour of Mammoth Lakes.

Monday, March 27, 2017

5 Great Edinburgh Restaurants On or Near the Royal Mile

Cannonball Restaurant House Salad Edinburgh Restaurants Royal Mile

When we traveled to Edinburgh, we were on the lookout for great restaurants, but also restaurants that were close to where we were staying on the Royal Mile.  We discovered five delicious Edinburgh restaurants on or near the Royal Mile, some through research and some just by happenstance.  They ran the gamut from fine-dining, Michelin-rated restaurants to casual eateries.  All had fantastic food and are worth a visit.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Baby Jesus and Banksy: A Half-Day Tour of Bethlehem

Star Street Half-Day Tour of Bethlehem Jesus Birthplace

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.  Sadly, today the reason why the little town of Bethlehem lies so still is because it is encapsulated in Israel’s West Bank, a place where many tourists don’t travel.  The town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, used to be a very popular destination, especially for religious pilgrimages.  Now it is more of a ghost town, though Bethlehem is working hard to increase tourism once again.  For us, our visit to Bethlehem included the biblically significant attractions of Bethlehem related to it being Jesus’ birthplace as well as its more contemporary sites including the wall that divides Bethlehem from the rest of Israel and the modern street art that covers that wall and other surfaces of Bethlehem, including works of the famous graffiti artist Banksy. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hurry to See Anza-Borrego Wildflowers Before They’re Gone!

Desert Sunflowers Henderson Canyon Road Southern California Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers
Field of desert sunflowers along Henderson Canyon Road.
I’ve lived in San Diego my entire life and I grew up going to the desert, including Anza-Borrego State Park, multiple times every year.  I do not ever remember seeing the Anza-Borrego wildflowers in bloom like they are this year.  I vaguely remember hiking with my mom and keeping our eyes peeled for the occasional desert bloom.  But this year, because of the insanely above-average rain we’ve received in Southern California, the desert wildflowers are out in full force in Anza-Borrego.  In fact, they’re saying this may be the biggest super bloom in 20 years.